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Spring Ball 2014 is Coming!

Posted: February 6, 2014 by Alison in FYI, Just For Fun, Networking
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Welcome to the IB Spring Ball of 2014! This year the event will be held on the 25th of April and the theme is mystical masquerade.

About the masks: As it is a masquerade, you should have a nice mask with you. We are looking at different web stores to partner with and for example: trying to get a discount code for everyone. So wait for info on the matter before you get one for yourself.

Join the event:

Man sat at a desk

Slouching over a desk is certainly not recommended


Sitting up straight is not the best position for office workers, a study has suggested.

Scottish and Canadian researchers used a new form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show it places an unnecessary strain on your back.

They told the Radiological Society of North America that the best position in which to sit at your desk is leaning back, at about 135 degrees.

Experts said sitting was known to contribute to lower back pain.

Data from the British Chiropractic Association says 32% of the population spends more than 10 hours a day seated.


seating positions

Half do not leave their desks, even to have lunch.

Two thirds of people also sit down at home when they get home from work.

Spinal angles

The research was carried out at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen.

Twenty two volunteers with healthy backs were scanned using a positional MRI machine, which allows patients the freedom to move – so they can sit or stand – during the test.


 Our bodies are not designed to be so sedentary 
Rishi Loatey, British Chiropractic Association

Traditional scanners mean patients have to lie flat, which may mask causes of pain that stem from different movements or postures.

In this study, the patients assumed three different sitting positions: a slouching position, in which the body is hunched forward as if they were leaning over a desk or a video game console, an upright 90-degree sitting position; and a “relaxed” position where they leaned back at 135 degrees while their feet remained on the floor.

The researchers then took measurements of spinal angles and spinal disk height and movement across the different positions.

Spinal disk movement occurs when weight-bearing strain is placed on the spine, causing the disk to move out of place.

Disk movement was found to be most pronounced with a 90-degree upright sitting posture.

It was least pronounced with the 135-degree posture, suggesting less strain is placed on the spinal disks and associated muscles and tendons in a more relaxed sitting position.

The “slouch” position revealed a reduction in spinal disk height, signifying a high rate of wear and tear on the lowest two spinal levels.

When they looked at all test results, the researchers said the 135-degree position was the best for backs, and say this is how people should sit.

‘Tendency to slide’

Dr Waseem Bashir of the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Alberta Hospital, Canada, who led the study, said: “Sitting in a sound anatomic position is essential, since the strain put on the spine and its associated ligaments over time can lead to pain, deformity and chronic illness.”

Rishi Loatey of the British Chiropractic Association said: “One in three people suffer from lower back pain and to sit for long periods of time certainly contributes to this, as our bodies are not designed to be so sedentary.”

Levent Caglar from the charity BackCare, added: “In general, opening up the angle between the trunk and the thighs in a seated posture is a good idea and it will improve the shape of the spine, making it more like the natural S-shape in a standing posture.

“As to what is the best angle between thigh and torso when seated, reclining at 135 degrees can make sitting more difficult as there is a tendency to slide off the seat: 120 degrees or less may be better.”


Nerdy Shortcuts

Posted: May 17, 2013 by Alison in Food For Thought, FYI, Get Educated
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Who couldn’t use a time-saving tip now and then?  Some of these I was aware of but others were a revelation!  It’s a quick watch but full of good ideas.  Enjoy!

Spring Ball 2013 is Here!

Posted: April 3, 2013 by Alison in FYI
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Spring Ball is upon us! Tickets are up for sale!  Check out more information from

The Event is going to be held on Friday 26.4.2013 in restaurant Franseska which is located in Hotel Alexandra in Jyväskylä city center. The doors will open at 18:00 and the dinner will be starting at 18:30.

Tickets will be in a digital form and they will be sent to you after the payment. The prices are:
JAMK Students: 22 €
Other Guests and Dates: 32 €

You can sign up by sending an e-mail to ibspringball(a)

The last day for signing up is the Thursday 11.4!

When sending the e-mail, please inform us about a special diet or possible food allergies. We are also happy to answer other questions concerning the evening.

The instructions for payment will be later announced.

Please see more info for coming webinar by clicking here. The webinar will take place tomorrow (March 26) and start at 14:00 Finnish time. The topic is “Key Success Factors in Strategic Development of Clusters”, and our guest speaker is Albert Solé, a consultant at Cluster Development in Barcelona. If the topic is interesting for you, you are welcome to join us at  Tell your friends! =)